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Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure | [John Cleland]

Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

The hilarious story of Fanny Hill and her erotic exploits in London shocked the religious and literary hierarchy, who condemned the book, thus immediately increasing demand for it. The story chronicles the life of an 18th-century maiden who, left without parents, journeys to the big city to try life on her own. Despite its highly charged erotic content and vehement criticism from the Bishop of London in 1749 as "an open insult upon religion and good manners", this romp through societies high and low contains not a single obscene word.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure tells of the erotic adventures of a woman living in England in the late 1700s. The story is organized as a series of letters written by Fanny to an unknown woman recipient. In these letters, Fanny defends her choices in terms of love, carnal desire, and survival. Barbara McCulloh succeeds in capturing the protagonists' sensuality as well as her strength. The performance is captivating; the listener is invested in Fanny's fortunes and misfortunes. Fanny Hill's controversial content continues to rouse the audience's interest centuries after its first publication.

Publisher's Summary

The hilarious story of Fanny Hill and her erotic exploits in London shocked the religious and literary hierarchy, who condemned the book, thus immediately increasing demand for it. The story chronicles the life of an 18th-century maiden who, left without parents, journeys to the big city to try life on her own. Despite its highly charged erotic content and vehement criticism from the Bishop of London in 1749 as "an open insult upon religion and good manners", this romp through societies high and low contains not a single obscene word.

(P)1987 by Recorded Books, Inc.

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    Eugene Blanco, TX, USA 02-09-05
    Eugene Blanco, TX, USA 02-09-05
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    "A Great First Listen"

    This is a book I always meant to read, but never did. So it made a good choice for my first audio book.

    The story is actually pretty good; I liked Fanny and was always hoping she would get her Charles back, even while enjoying her adventures with others. I disagree with the publisher that it is ?hilarious?, but it is mostly light hearted and amusing.

    The descriptions of erotic scenes without ever using a single obscene word demonstrate that explicit content does not have to be vulgar. While little is left to the imagination, there is almost an innocence in the narrative that is quite amusing at times.

    The language is 200 years old and hard to follow at times. But Barbara McCulloh?s reading is wonderful. Her voice is clear and strong and easy to understand, despite having to deal with some words that are rare in today?s vocabulary.

    For me this was an excellent introduction to recorded books.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    C. Peek Portland, OR USA 05-22-03
    C. Peek Portland, OR USA 05-22-03 Member Since 2001

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    "The book is a classic!"

    I first read this book when I was 17. That was a very long time ago. I recently re-read it to see if it was still amusing, and it was indeed. The mores of different times and places cannot help but fascinate. The book has a freshness and innocence that is surprising, considering the subject matter. I highly recommend.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Manistee, MI, USA 05-18-05
    Alice Manistee, MI, USA 05-18-05
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    "Fanny Hill: Memiors of a Woman of Pleasure"

    A delightfully wonderful tale of a young woman discovering her sexuality in a London Brothel. Well told and highly erotic. I loved the story and its telling. I rate this book Five Stars.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    L 09-16-06
    L 09-16-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "Fanny Hill"

    This book was a delightful surprise. A classic and highly recommended. The reader is superb.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marla AURORA, CO, United States 03-25-13
    Marla AURORA, CO, United States 03-25-13
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    "Steamy Novel"
    If you could sum up Fanny Hill in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting steamy novel.


    What other book might you compare Fanny Hill to and why?

    I would compare it to Shades of Grey because of its erotic tale of experiences and a love affair.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end when she gets the money and her man.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    garlic heart LARNED, KANSAS, United States 02-20-13
    garlic heart LARNED, KANSAS, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2013

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    "this is less than zero it is absolute trash."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    censorship. at least buyers should be warned. this is offensive, not funny unless a person is warped


    Has Fanny Hill turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes stopped


    How could the performance have been better?

    should have been stopped


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fanny Hill?

    I would have thrown it in the trash


    Any additional comments?

    rate it X so that the perverts can easily find it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maryann Farmingdale, NY, United States 06-17-08
    Maryann Farmingdale, NY, United States 06-17-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Oh Dear"

    Not a bad listen but unfortunately not the book I thought I was. Still not sorry I got it..

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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